Okay, De Vany seems to think the only food humans farm are grains. News flash, fruits and vegetables have been farmed as well, and the nutrient content of today's fruits and vegetables is very different from those of paleo man. The fruits are bred for high sugar content, large size, pleasing appearance, pest resistance, and other qualities. While veggies are not bred specifically for high sugar content, they most definitely are not bred for high nutritional content either. Like fruits, they are bred for those qualities that will yield the highest net profit to growers. The point being that the fruits and veggies we eat today are not the fruits and veggies we ate as hunter-gatherers. Furthermore, most of the calories in fruit and veggies are carbohydrate, that nasty nutrient that De Vany wants us to avoid. Moreover, the fruit is predominately simple sugars, the nastiest of the carbohydrates (according to De Vany).
Remember, nothing is alleged to--or can have--happened to all of MLB over some one or two seasons: the claim is that PEDs were being used at a slowly but steadily increasing rate (and thus "distorting records") from very roughly 1980 through the present. Were that so, or anything like it, we would expect to see a clear long-term uptrend during this period. But we don't: we see a nearly flat line that, if anything, slopes slightly down. The "boost" just isn't there. But that doesn't seem to stop anyone from talking about it.
In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (later known as the National League or NL) was established after the NA proved ineffective. The league placed its emphasis on clubs rather than on players. Clubs could now enforce player contracts, preventing players from jumping to higher-paying clubs. Clubs were required to play the full schedule of games instead of forfeiting scheduled games when the club was no longer in the running for the league championship, which happened frequently under the NA. A concerted effort was made to curb gambling on games, which was leaving the validity of results in doubt. The first game in the NL—on Saturday, April 22, 1876 (at the Jefferson Street Grounds , Philadelphia)—is often pointed to as the beginning of MLB.